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The Chicago Area Archivists present

Chicago Open Archives


History in Our Own Backyard: Discovering Evanston’s historical resources



Sat. October 3, 2015

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Evanston Public Library

1703 Orrington Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

Where do you find information about

House history

Family history

Evanston traditions

And more...?

Right here in Evanston!

Join us for a community panel discussion as six local archivists and curators describe their Evanston history collections and how you can use them.

Evanston Public Library Community Meeting Room

No registration necessary and free admission

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Chicago State University Archives and Special Collections Open House, Exhibit, Panel Discussion, and Reception




Thurs. October 8, 2015

12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chicago State University

9501 S. King Drive

Chicago, IL 60628

Enjoy an open house (3rd floor) and a special exhibit on A. Philip Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (4th floor), which draws from CSU's collections and the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. The panel discussion will focus on The Great Migration, who the Pullman Porters and Maids were and their connection with civil rights, and human rights.

Noon - 4:30 p.m. Open House

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Panel and Q&A discussion

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Reception

Maximum capacity: 65 visitors

No Registration Necessary

The mission of the Chicago State University Archives is to preserve and document the history of CSU, while the special collections focuses on the history, literature, politics and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on Chicago’s South Side communities on the topics of education, health, political science, and social justice.



University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center - Open House and Behind the Scenes Tour



Fri. October 9, 2015

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Joseph Regenstein Library

1100 E. 57th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

View a selection of materials from the Center's archives and rare books collections. Treasures on display will include Ida B. Wells' diary, one of Enrico Fermi's Manhattan Project notebooks, and a 10th-century Bible allegedly used by Al Capone's gang to swear oaths! The exhibit Poetic Associations: The Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs will be open for viewing, and behind-the-scenes tours of the Center will be offered twice during visiting hours.

3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Open House Hours

1st Tour: 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

2nd Tour: 5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Maximum capacity: 15 visitors per tour.

No registration necessary.

The Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library's rare books, archives, and manuscript collections.



Chicago Public Library, Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature – Guided Tour



Sat. October 10, 2015

Woodson Regional Library

9525 S. Halsted Street

Chicago, IL 60628

Take guided tour of an exhibit celebrating the 110th anniversary of the Chicago Defender. The tour also includes a visit to “the stacks,” the archives storage area that is usually not open to the public.

1st Tour: 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

2nd Tour: 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

3rd Tour: 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Maximum capacity: 15 visitors per tour

No registration necessary

The largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest, the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature documents the black experience with a strong focus on Chicago. The collection is housed at the Woodson Regional Library, part of the Chicago Public Library.



DePaul University Special Collections & Archives –Behind the Scenes Tour



Sat. October 10, 2015

10:00 am – 11:30 am

John T. Richardson Library, Room 314

2350 N. Kenmore Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614


Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the department, including spaces usually off-limits to researchers. Visitors will learn more about collection strengths, how collections grow over time, what processing decisions provide researcher access to the materials, and which preservation activities are needed to support a largely 19th and 20th century collection.  There will be an opportunity for questions and to tailor the tour to the interests of the group.

1st Tour: 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

2nd Tour: 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Maximum capacity: 8 visitors per tour.  Children 12 years and older who are accompanied by an adult are welcome.

Advance registration is required.




DePaul Special Collections and Archives collects, preserves, and shares primary source materials in support of engaged teaching, active student learning, and scholarly and community research. Archival collection strengths include Chicago and Lincoln Park history; social justice; University archives; and the archives of the Western Province of the Vincentian order.



Chicago Public Library Special Collections and Preservation Division –Highlights from the collections



Sat. October 10, 2015

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Chicago Public Library

Harold Washington Library Center

400 S. State Street

Chicago, IL 60605

See treasures from the vault in Special Collections at the Chicago Public Library. Highlights of this visit include: lithographs of streets and buildings showing Chicago in the 1860s; Civil War letters from Illinois soldiers; photographs from the 1893 World’s Fair; photographs and scripts from the Goodman Theatre Archives; Harold Washington’s speech that kicked off his campaign to become Chicago’s first African American Mayor; a glass brick from Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Maximum capacity: 20 visitors

No registration necessary

The Chicago Public Library opened its doors on January 1, 1873. Today the main library, the Harold Washington Library Center, houses remarkable collections about Chicago.



National Archives at Chicago –Behind the Scenes Tour



Sat. October 10, 2015

10:30 am – 2:00 pm

National Archives

7358 S. Pulaski Road

Chicago, IL 60629

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and learn about the "National Treasures" stored right here in Chicago. Then enjoy a special display of some of these unique and unusual records.

1st Tour: 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

2nd Tour: 11:30 a.m. - noon

3rd Tour: 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

4th Tour: 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Maximum capacity: 30 visitors per tour.

Advance registration is required.




The National Archives at Chicago has more than 140,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from 1800 to the 1990s, including textual records and non-textual records such as maps and photographs from Federal courts and some 85 Federal agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.



Frances Willard Historical Association/Frances Willard Memorial Library & Archives –Tour and Research How-to



Sat. October 10, 2015

11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Frances Willard House

1730 Chicago Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

The Willard Archives staff will lead a tour of the Archives, featuring highlights of the collection, and then will discuss how to do research (genealogical and historical) using the Willard Archives’ resources. Visitors will have a chance to ask questions—and can also have a photo taken with Frances Willard.

1st Tour/Presentation: 11 am. - 11:45 a.m.

2nd Tour/Presentation: noon - 12:45 p.m.

Maximum capacity: 10 visitors per tour

Advance registration is required.




The Willard Archives documents the work of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and the life of Frances Willard. The letters, reports, images, serials, scrapbooks (and more) held in the Archives are a rich resource for the study of women’s history, the temperance movement, and social reform.



The Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson & Burnham Archives –Highlights from the collections



Sat. October 10, 2015

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60603

*Meet in the Michigan Avenue entrance lobby next to the gift shop

Browse highlights from the Ryerson & Burnham Archives in the grandeur of a room designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge and Louis J. Millet in 1900. Selections will include materials from the archives of Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Bruce Goff, Bertrand Goldberg, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter and Marion Griffin, Harry Weese, Ivan Albright, Richard Nickel, Mary Reynolds and more. Archives staff will be available to answer questions after the presentation.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Open House, presentations will be offered at approximately 30 minutes intervals

Meet in Michigan Avenue entrance lobby next to the gift shop.

Maximum capacity: 20 visitors per presentation

No registration necessary



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